Freshman leads Whittell to fourth-place state finish |

Freshman leads Whittell to fourth-place state finish

Freshman Ryan Salomon shot a 6-over-par 78 to help Whittell High School secure fourth place in the Nevada 3A state golf tournament Thursday at Dayton Valley Country Club in Dayton.

Whittell bettered its first-round score by two strokes to shoot 421 Thursday and 844 overall.

“For not having any seniors, fourth place in the state is very good. For total scores, they were about our best of the year,” Whittell coach Frank Bruno said.

Virgin Valley, which trailed Truckee by nine shots after 18 holes, rallied to claim the state championship. The Bulldogs shot a tournament-best 388 to complete the 36-hole championship with 791 strokes.

The Wolverines slipped to a 404 Thursday and wound up seven shots off the winning pace at 798. Manogue, which won the Division II regular-season title, finished third at 823, followed by the Warriors. Round out the top eight were Spring Creek 848, Pahrump 873, North Tahoe 890 and Boulder City 921.

Brian Davidson of Virgin Valley followed his opening-round 77 with a 3-over-par 75 to win the individual title.

Keith Truswell enjoyed the Warriors’ best finish, placing 11th with rounds of 78 and 82 for a 160 total. Salomon was next best at 13th with a 36-hole score of 162.

Whittell junior Dustin Fox, making his third state tournament appearance, came back to shoot 80 after a first-round 88. In fact, his solid round could have been better.

“Dustin came back nicely. He was 4-over par on the front nine, but he birdied holes 11 through 13 to get back to one over. But he had a little trouble coming in, hitting out of bounds on 15 and 17 and double-bogeying 18,” Bruno said.

Whittell’s Lars Hansen had the toughest luck of the day. At 6-over-par through 11 holes, Hansen encountered a bad lie in a bunker on the 12th hole and needed eight strokes to escape the hazard. However, he remained poised and drained a 40-foot putt for an 11. He still managed to shoot an 88.

“Except for one hole, Lars had a very good tournament,” said Bruno, whose junior opened with an 84.

Jayde Haynes shot a 93 to complete Whittell’s scoring.

With his entire lineup returning next spring, Bruno is obviously encouraged.

“I’m real proud of these kids. They’re a real pleasure to work with, and I know they’re going to work hard over the summer and come back and have a great year next year.”

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